Texas Sugar and Spice Maple Walnuts, Y'all!
There is a saying, “You can take the girl out of Texas, but you can’t take the Texas out of the girl”. That’s me, y’all!
I just got back from a short Texan trip to visit my dad for Father’s Day AND his birthday. He’s a 60 year old now! Where has the time gone? (Is that a saying only parents can say about there kids or does it work the other way too? hahah)
I’ll do a quick recap of my vacay before we get in to the recipe, cool?
I landed in Houston on Friday afternoon. My dad and my brother picked me up and we quickly headed off to Austin. Normally we would stay in Houston, but we went to Austin to celebrate Father’s Day!
We all live in different states, so when we are all together it’s really special. The drive up went super fast.
We had to stop at Bucee’s Truck Stop heading there AND back. If you don’t know what Bucee’s is, It’s a HUGE truck stop the size of Walmart. They serve normal things you would find at any gas station plus a whole town of other unique and wonderful things! I snagged a BBQ chopped sandwich there and it was BOMB!
In my Dad’s opinion, the best part of Bucee’s is the giant row of Icee stations. Seriously, there is like 10 different flavors to choose from. I went with the Big Red Icee.
Once we made it to Austin, we checked in to the most beautiful historical hotel, The Driskill Hotel.
PS: I got that Betsey Johnson backpack at TJmax for 32 dollars!
If you look up the Driskill Hotel, you will find a lot articles about it being haunted. It is. It truly is. The lights kept turning on randomly in my dad’s room during the night and no one was there but him. I also felt a huge presence in the hallway of my hotel room floor (floor 4). Overall, if there were ghosts (and I do think there are) they are happy ghosts! I felt like I was at the Haunted Mansion at Disney. It had a beautiful, historical, and loving presence there. I highly recommend staying here. It’s so stunning.
PS: my dress is from JustFab!
The hotel is right on six street, so my brother and I went out later to Bird around. A Bird scooter is an electronic scooter parked around town that you can snag and link with your phone app. It’s never not a blast. I ended my night at a screening of Pulp Fiction at the Alamo Drafthouse. The Alamo Drafthouse is this awesome movie theater in Texas that serves a full menu and draft beer. It’s so much fun. I have never seen Pulp Fiction before, so this was quite a way to watch it. It wasn’t a normal screening. There was three comedians that stayed up front and mocked the movie the whole time with microphones. It was hilarious.
PS: my dress is from TARGET, Y’all!!!
It goes perfect with my pink converse sneaks!
The next day we headed over to Inks Lake near Burnet Texas. I have never been to this lake! It’s so beautiful! We stayed at my Aunt and Uncle’s lake house for the night. This is me on their pontoon boat. We strolled around for sometime looking at all the cool houses along the lake. Such a dream spot to live!
My favorite activity was the bike boat! Holy Moly, you guys! There is nothing more bizarre then riding a bike on the lake, but I picked it up pretty fast! It was so peaceful.
I eventually got in the water for a bit in this cool little nook at the lake. You can just sit on the ground and you are still not drowning. A really shallow area, but so fun and relaxing.
PS: My necklace is from TARGET, Y’all!!!!
I woke up the next day pretty sunburn, but overall okay!
PS: I bought this Tommy Hillfiger dress for 35 dollars at TJMAX!
I couldn’t end my Texas trip without some good ol’ fashion BBQ. The world famous Stubbs didn’t disappoint. That mac and cheese, yall! SO GOOD!
OKAY! So now that I got my vacay recap done with, I can share with you my Sugar and Spice Walnut Recipe!!
I guess when I got home, I still had Texas on my mind, so I had to make these for comfort. They are seriously so good.
I start by tossing a half cup of maple syrup (good grade) in a medium size bowl.
Then, I had one and a half tablespoons of cinnamon. As you can see, I didn’t use measuring utensils, but I eye balled about one and a half teaspoons.
Next, I poured in about a cup of Brown Sugar. I use organic, but any kind will do.
I added about a teaspoon of salt. This just makes the flavors pop a little.
Okay this might be where I lose some of you. I put in about two tablespoons of crushed red pepper flakes. If you don’t like spice, you can omit this part or lessen the amount. I like to try to get at least one pepper flake on each walnut to add a little kick and surprise to the taste. Trust me, all the sugar already added levels out the spice.
Lastly, I put about three cups of walnuts in the mixture and mixing it all together. There shouldn’t be much mixture left at the bottom of bowl as all the walnuts should hold on to it.
Line your baking sheet with parchment paper and then evenly lay out your coated walnuts out. Place in oven set at 335 degrees for 10 minutes. After ten minutes, take out and turn the walnuts. Place back in for another 5 minutes.
And VIOLA! They should be crispy and golden by 15 minutes of being in oven. You can eat them as a snack or toss them in your salad. WIN WIN.
TEXAS SUGAR AND SPICE MAPLE WALNUTS, Y’ALL!
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
1/2 Maple Syrup
2 TBS of Cinnamon
1/2 tsp of Salt
2 TBS of Red Pepper Flakes
1 Cup of Brown Sugar
3 Cups of Shelled Walnuts
Preheat oven to 335 Degrees.
Toss all ingredients together, walnuts last. Lay out evenly on a cookie sheet topped with parchment paper.
Bake for 10 minutes before flipping walnuts and then bake for another five minutes.
Take out, cool off, and ENJOY!
WHAT’S THE DAMAGE? 450 calories for 10 walnut halves.
All cooking pics by my hubby, David. Give him a follow on insta! He’s @Davidsnowfunny